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PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is this weekend

December 3rd, 2014 by Doree

Get into the holiday spirit with this weekend’s 34th annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general public. Plus, please bring a can of food for the Greenwood Food Bank.

Both the Blue Building and Brick Building will be filled with more than 115 craft vendors, plus hundreds more entertainers — singers, dancers, etc. — on two stages. There’s also a quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items for sale.

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The Winter Festival supports the PNA’s many community programs, including the PNA Hot Meal Program, before and after school childcare, the Greenwood Senior Center, the tool library, art gallery, plus community projects for neighbors in need and the Volunteers of America Food Bank of Greenwood.

Click here for the full entertainment schedule and list of every vendor and their location.

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PhinneyWood ‘Glow Cone’ lights up the ridge

November 29th, 2014 by Dale

More than 100 people gathered on a chilly (for Seattle, at least) evening to welcome in the holidays with caroling and a countdown for the first annual lighting of the “Glow Cone” on the historic air raid siren at the corner of Phinney Avenue North at North 67th Street.

The siren, a Cold War reminder built in 1953, is now home to a cheerier aspect – a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that shines on the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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PNA director Lee Harper kicked off the lighting saying the Glow Cone and 150 monkey holiday lights are something only our neighborhood can claim.

“What if an animal escaped from the zoo and ran up and down Phinney and Greenwood? And the monkeys were born,” Harper explained to the crowd. “It is unique. A lot of people, including my partner, said ‘I don’t get it. Monkeys?’ Exactly. But you’re talking about it and you’re not talking about the lights and trees in Ballard.”

Here’s a shot of the crowd singing carols before one lucky kid got to flip the switch on the lights. (Thanks to Mike Veitenhans for the two photos.)

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KING 5 had a nice story about the Glow Cone and monkey lights on Sunday night.

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Buy a pint at Ballard Beer Company on Wednesday to support the Greenwood Senior Center

November 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Ballard Beer Company will donate $1 from every pint purchased on Wednesday to the Greenwood Senior Center. It’s part of their Pints for a Purpose program. Ballard Beer Company is at 2050 NW Market St. On Wednesday it’s open from 4-11 p.m.

The Greenwood Senior Center (GSC), a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA), offers programs and services that provide an opportunity for thousands of seniors each year to enhance physical fitness, mental stimulation and emotional well-being and supports active seniors in their efforts to preserve traditions, embrace change and maintain independence. In 2013, the Greenwood Senior Center served over 2,300 seniors, ages 55 – 95, more than 17,000 times, offering daily hot meals, social work services, classes, lectures, visits by health, financial, tax or legal professionals, and numerous club, craft, musical, arts, social and recreational events.

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Volunteers needed to provide free tax help to low-income families

October 27th, 2014 by Doree

United Way of King County is looking for 1,000 volunteers for its Free Tax Campaign at neighborhood sites, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Starting as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago and led by United Way of King County, this effort is now county-wide and connects low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), considered the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

To reach our goal of serving 20,000 people across King County, we are recruiting and training over 1,000 volunteers to prepare taxes and connect clients to public benefits. Volunteer Tax Preparers and Benefits Specialists work one-on-one with friends and neighbors to connect clients to benefits and bring an average of $30,000 back into their communities. Join our talented team, receive training that boosts your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No experience needed!

More information on volunteering is available on the Free Tax Campaign website.

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Día de los Muertos at PNA next Saturday

October 24th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival is next Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 -9 p.m. at the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave.

Appropriate for all ages, the free festival includes music, Aztec dancers, food, arts and crafts, a traditional altar dedication, and Spanish music for children.

The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. in Community Plaza for a procession led by Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dancers.

Volunteer opportunities are still available to help decorate the PNA, paint faces, help kids decorate sugar skulls, etc. Volunteers can sign up online.

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Time for businesses to apply for PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair

October 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is coming up on Jan. 25, 2015. Now is the time for businesses to apply to be a vendor.

From the PNA:

It is a great opportunity to make new contacts and help homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects. Our selection of over 80 exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups, and permitting agencies. Exhibitors leave the fair with new contacts, and homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects.

Every year we offer a series of short presentations focusing on sustainability and green building topics along with perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Applications are due December 1, but there are limited spots, so apply online now! https://phinneycenter.org/forms/homefair/application/

Please send all questions to homefair@phinneycenter.org

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Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is Saturday

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

The popular Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Parents can buy gently-used, name-brand clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more. All clothes are hung by size and gender (from newborn to 10 years).

Fifty-percent discounts on many items starts at 12 p.m.

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

October 14th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Village needs volunteer drivers to transport Village members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

The PNA Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and helps neighbors remain active and engaged while staying in their homes and neighborhoods as they age.

Contact Amanda at 206-789-1217 or amandaw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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Community members and businesses can sponsor a lighted ‘monkey’ for holiday season

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is seeking community members and businesses to sponsor a lighted metal monkey for the holiday season.

The 150 monkeys will hang in “troupes” along Greenwood-Phinney avenues and the downtown corridor. They’ll be in trees and store windows and hang from awnings during from the end of November through December to help promote the holiday season, in conjunction with Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights event.

Sponsorship for each monkey is $25. The first 75 household sponsors also receive a pair of tickets to the WildLights preview night on Nov. 25. Monkeys will be displayed from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30. A Holiday Lighting event to kick off the season will happen at the raid tower at 67th and Phinney in front of the PNA on Nov. 29.

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Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is TODAY! Eat out to help the hungry

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is today (Wednesday), raising money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Dine at any of the 33 neighborhood restaurants, pubs or coffee shops any time today, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the program. Grab a coffee and pastry for breakfast, have lunch with your co-workers, then take the family out for dinner.

Participating businesses will have a colorful whirligig sign outside. And you can check the full list here.

If you’re not able to eat out today but still want to support the Hot Meal Program, you can send a check to the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.

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Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is next Wednesday

October 2nd, 2014 by Doree

The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is coming up next Wednesday, Oct. 8. Dine at any of the 33 neighborhood restaurants, pubs or coffee shops any time that day, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Participating businesses will have a colorful whirligig sign outside. And you can check the full list here.

If you’re not able to eat out that day but still want to support the Hot Meal Program, you can send a check to the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.

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Phinney Center kicks off accessibility capital campaign next Wednesday

September 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is beginning a new capital campaign, this time aimed at accessibility in the Brick Building, which doesn’t have an elevator.

The campaign’s kickoff is from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Brick Building’s Community Hall, with refreshments, a building tour, and more information about the renovations planned. Please RSVP to Amy Besunder, PNA development director, at amyb@phinneycenter.org so they can plan enough food and drink.

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